Many City of Fort Collins plans and projects are focused on an “a healthy and resilient river” but the City has lacked a common definition of what that means and how it would be measured. The River Health Assessment Framework has two main elements; an A-F grading system for key indicators and recommended ranges for each indicator. An initial pilot use of the assessment tool has been completed for the few indicators that have data; more data will be collected for the 2016 State of the River Report.

The indicators, recommended ranges and letter grades will help the City evaluate, align and prioritize its river management efforts as well as external projects and proposals. This project supports efforts across City Departments to assess current conditions, monitor future conditions, manage adaptively, and to communicate through the common and consistent approach.

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